Zimbabwe’s Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Minister, Kirsty Coventry, was yesterday inducted into the African Union Sport Council Region 5’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Kirsty was among seven personalities bestowed with the honour, by the African Union Sport Council Region 5 Council of Ministers, during their virtual extraordinary meeting yesterday.
Six of the 10-member countries attended the meeting.
The ministers committed to rebuild the sports industry, through stimulus response interventions, and calculated risk-weighted return to play strategies. They further committed to support efforts to commercialise sport and gradually move away from over-reliance on government dependency.
The ministers also ratified the election of the new Secretariat elected during the AUSC Region 5 executive committee meeting on November 27, 2020.
The council also ratified members to be inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame which will be part of the Region 5 Museum being established in Zimbabwe.
These are Maria Mutola (Mozambique), Coventry (Zimbabwe), Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile (posthumously) (South Africa), Matilda Mwaba (Zambia), Robert Magagula (Eswatini), Joel Lubombo (Mozambique) and Boyce Sebetela (Botswana).
The Council of Ministers meet every two years in an ordinary meeting.
The Council of Ministers ordinary meeting is scheduled for December 2, 2021 on the margins of the 9th edition of the Region 5 Youth Games, scheduled to be held from December 3 to 12, 2022.